Nurses participate in ‘room of horrors’ exercise to improve patient safety

Working to increase their awareness of hospital room dangers that may make patients more susceptible to injuries or medical errors, nurses at Lewes, Del.-based Beebe Medical Center recently participated in an exercise in which they were asked to identify as many errors as they could find within five minutes in a “room of horrors.” 

According to the Cape Gazette, horrors in the room included expirations on intravenous fluids and medications, an open chart that could be read by anyone entering the room and a walker missing a stopper – which could cause the patient to fall.

Participating Beebe team members had five minutes to write down all errors they could find. More than 100 team members joined the fun and competed for prizes.

The event was organized by Beebe Medical Center’s Periodic Performance Review team. This team monitors Beebe’s success in meeting the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) and develops programs to educate staff about the NPSG. Many of the goals were addressed, such as infection prevention, patient identification, fall prevention, medication safety and safety risk identification.

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, September 1, 2009; The Cape Gazette,, accessed September 14, 2009)